The world is in an extraordinary state at the moment. The measures against COVID-19 not only affects our day-to-day interaction but also has consequences for the way we consume international stories, news and images. Photographers, journalists, writers and filmmakers around the world are being restricted because of the pandemic. Every Wednesday at 16:00h (CET) three guests will give an insight in their work, their own communities and surroundings. How can we keep being informed and hold a broad perspective?
Born in the US and raised between the United Kingdom and Saudi where she is currently based, Tasneem Alsultan is an investigative photographer, storyteller and global traveller. With an inquisitive eye and camera at hand, she offers intimate and unique perspectives into the everyday lives of her subjects, telling their stories from her heart while striving to humanize and connect their realities to her audiences. Her work largely focuses on documenting social issues and rights-based topics in Saudi Arabia and the Arab Gulf region through a gender lens, challenging stereotypical perceptions of the Middle East and portraying a region and people that do not conform to expectations. Covering stories primarily for The New York Times and National Geographic, Tasneem documents ground-breaking developments in Saudi and the region, including most recently, the lifting of the
driving ban for Saudi women.
Diana Moukalled is a Lebanese journalist and documentary producer/director with 25 years of experience in covering hot zones and writing and producing stories in the Middle East. Her war coverages included Lebanon, Afghanistan (2001), Iraq (2003), and Yemen (2015). She has more than 50 hours of documentaries that tackled socio-political issues in the region and around the world; women, minorities, human interest stories and many other topics.
Minka Nijhuis (1958) studeerde psychologie en communicatie-wetenschappen aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Als stewardess voor de KLM ging ze na haar studie naar Cambodja, waar ze in 1989 ooggetuige was van de terugtrekking van het Vietnamese leger. Zo kwam ze in contact met journalisten en ze besloot ook journalist te worden. Ze specialiseerde zich in slow journalism en deed verslag van conflicten in Cambodja, Birma, Kosovo, Oost-Timor, Irak, Afghanistan en Syrië. Ze schreef diverse boeken over haar reizen, waaronder Het huis van Khala. Een familie in Bagdad (2004, herziene editie 2008) en Birma. Land van geheimen (2009) en Gekkenwerk (2020).